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eBook Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama: The Untold Story of the Holy Men Who Shaped Tibet, from Pre-history to the Present Day download ISBN: 0385530706
Author: Dalai Lama,Alexander Norman
Publisher: Harmony (February 16, 2010)
Language: English
Pages: 448
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The Complete Story of the Dalai Lamas A great look into the history of the institution of the Dalai Lama from ancient times up to the present 14th.

The Complete Story of the Dalai Lamas. His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is known to the world for his efforts to preserve Tibetan culture and for his inspiring spiritual teachings. Often unnoticed, however, is the long, colorful history from which this most beloved of holy men has emerged. A great look into the history of the institution of the Dalai Lama from ancient times up to the present 14th. Though not exactly historical in some places it is a great read and provides a good understanding of Tibetan Buddhism and the current political situation in Tibet.

ALEXANDER NORMAN has known His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 1988 and has previously worked closely with him on his bestselling books Freedom in Exile and Ethics for the New Millennium

ALEXANDER NORMAN has known His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 1988 and has previously worked closely with him on his bestselling books Freedom in Exile and Ethics for the New Millennium. He is currently a member of Blackfriars Hall at the University of Oxford. Norman's history honors religious myth as a real force in people's minds, but he also wants to expose the harsh realities of competition for leadership. His saga of Tibet's mythic sages and its 14 Dalai Lamas is roughly as violent as the tale of any other nation. In its juxtaposition of real spirituality with political intrigue, the tale rivals that of the Catholic papacy.

Written by. Alexander Norman. Use tags to describe a product . for a movie Themes heist, drugs, kidnapping, coming of age Genre drama, parody, sci-fi, comedy Locations paris, submarine, new york. Manufacturer: Doubleday Religion Release date: 16 February 2010 ISBN-10 : 0385530706 ISBN-13: 9780385530705.

Alexander Norman, Dalai Lama. The Complete Story of the Dalai Lamas. In Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama, Alexander Norman tells this story in full for the first time, from Tibetan Buddhism's foundational narratives to the present-day crisis faced by Tibet. And what a story it is.

Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama: The Untold Story of the Holy Men who Shaped Tibet, from Pre-history to the Present Day. Harmony, 2010. From the Tibetan perspective, the most important aspect of the contact between China and Tibet was the royal family's exposure to Buddhism. It seems that the buddhadharma was already known in parts of Tibet, having entered from Central Asia; but it was from China that the Tibetan kings took their religion, even if it is unclear to what extent Songstsen Gampo himself can properly be described as a Buddhist

The Complete Story of the Dalai Lamas. By the second half of the book we reach the 16th century, when Chenrezig’s rebirth was formally given the name of Dalai Lama and applied for the first time to the man who became known as the 3rd Dalai Lama. The two immediately preceding incarnations were retroactively proclaimed as the 1st and 2n.

A full-scale history of the Dalai Lamas and Tibetan Buddhism chronicles the stories of Tibet’s Dalai Lamas for lay readers, sharing lesser-known colorful aspects of their lives, a selection of lighthearted poems and a profile of today’s 14th Dalai Lama. Additional information.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is renowned the world over for his unswerving dedication to non-violence in his efforts to. .He is fourteenth in a lineage whose history is every bit as bloody and intrigue-laden as that of the Papacy.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is renowned the world over for his unswerving dedication to non-violence in his efforts to achieve justice for Tibet, yet the Chinese call him 'a wolf in monk's robes'. The sixth Dalai Lama was a notorious womaniser, four successive ones were almost certainly murdered and the present Dalai Lama has himself been the target of attacks that resulted in the brutal murder of a close colleague.

Published By Lothian Books, 2005

Published By Lothian Books, 2005. Path of Wisdom, Path of Peace - A Personal Conversation. the Dalai Lama and Felizitas Von Schoenborn. This is a unique book of the Dalai Lama's thought on how he sees himself, Buddhism, the world at war, the meaning of freedom, busy modern life, its challenges and how to master them. Published By Crossroad Publishing, 2005. Many Ways to Nirvana.

The Complete Story of the Dalai Lamas   His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is known to the world for his efforts to preserve Tibetan culture and for his inspiring spiritual teachings. Often unnoticed, however, is the long, colorful history from which this most beloved of holy men has emerged. In Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama, Alexander Norman tells this story in full for the first time, from Tibetan Buddhism’s foundational narratives to the present-day crisis faced by Tibet.    And what a story it is. Along with dedicated monks selflessly serving the Tibetan people, among His Holiness’s spiritual forebears there are a Dalai Lama who waged wars, a womanizing and inebriated poet, and several who wound up dead following disputes over temporal power. Also, while Western practitioners focus on Tibetan Buddhism’s liberating vision of enlightenment, it simultaneously contains ritual practices of prophecy and magic, as well as a vivid pantheon of deities and demons.   In the end, although Tibet falls short of the Western myths of a Himalayan utopia, by illuminating the historical struggle toward compassion and selflessness embodied in the Dalai Lama lineage, Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama ultimately reveals a reality that is vastly more compelling than any romance of “Shangri-La” and provides deeper reasons for admiring Tibetan tradition.
Comments: (7)
Nightscar
This book treats Tibetan Buddhism and its spiritual accomplishments and practices in a very cavalier fashion, focusing instead on the military and political history of the leaders of Tibet. It is surprising how many deaths, wars, political intrigues, invasions, etc. Tibet had, but to omit the spiritual is to skew the picture. Even in a conventional historic sense, one has to ask how many countries (China, Russia, etc.) would fare worse in a historical review than Tibet.
Bil
lOVE THIS!!
Kesalard
An excellent introduction to the history of Tibetan Buddhism and the god-rulers, the Dalai Lamas.
Akisame
Norman's history honors religious myth as a real force in people's minds, but he also wants to expose the harsh realities of competition for leadership. His saga of Tibet's mythic sages and its 14 Dalai Lamas is roughly as violent as the tale of any other nation. In its juxtaposition of real spirituality with political intrigue, the tale rivals that of the Catholic papacy. And even now, despite the present Dalai Lama's full endorsement for a constitution separating elected political authority from spiritual leadership, the controversy rages on. The very fact that the Dalai Lamas won international admiration as spiritual guides made their patronage a bone of aggressive contention between Mongolian and Chinese warlords. Within Tibet, Norman exposes the competition between sects as an often ruthless struggle for influence, with some sects demanding complete sectarian and ethnic exclusivity toward the "pollution" of outsiders. Norman maintains that this history of struggles ultimately shows the greatness of Tibet's people and their faith, and no doubt he is right. But in showing just how hard the struggle to find and follow a middle path has been, he ends up giving surprisingly little attention to the actual teaching of the Dalai Lamas. Unlike Reginald Ray's "Indestructible Truth," which focuses almost entirely on the evolution of Tibetan spiritual teaching, Norman's story highlights the politics. It's just one side of Tibet's story, but it's part of the reality to be worked through.
Jeb
Despite the title, this is a serious history of the institution of the Dalai Lama, Buddhism in Tibet, and Tibet and its neighbors: three topics inextricably connected.

Beginning with the pre-history of Tibetan myth (that is, myth to non-Tibetans), Norman spends the first half of the book explaining the concept of Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, and his personal interest in Tibet and history of reincarnating in human form throughout Tibet's history. By the second half of the book we reach the 16th century, when Chenrezig's rebirth was formally given the name of Dalai Lama and applied for the first time to the man who became known as the 3rd Dalai Lama. (The two immediately preceding incarnations were retroactively proclaimed as the 1st and 2nd.) Each Dalai Lama is then given a chapter or more depending on his significance, along with detail on his family and background, as well as on the actions of the various Buddhist hierarchs and sects in selecting him as the incarnation, training him, and running the country during his minority. Norman examines the rise and fall of each Dalai Lama's control of the religious and secular institutions of his day and the resulting fortunes of Tibet in relation to its neighbors, especially Mongolia and China. The final chapters bring us up-to-date with the current Dalai Lama and Tibet's ongoing struggle to maintain a presence distinct from that of China.

Footnotes, a 22-page bibliography, and a detailed index are included. The author is a long-time acquaintance of the current Dalai Lama, with whom he has co-authored several books and who wrote the forward to this one. The reader would have been well-served with a few maps, a glossary, and charts showing the succession of Dalai Lamas and their earlier lineage, but even without these I highly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in the Dalai Lama and his religious background, Tibet and her woes, or Tibetan Buddhism in general. It is hugely informative and compulsively readable, honest in its appraisals (the author is quite forthcoming about the personal and professional shortcomings of the incarnations and other main characters), and gives the reader a solid basis for understanding what's happening between Tibet and China.
Pryl
Pros and cons on Alexander Norman's "The Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama"

Pros:

- The book is a fantastic lesson on the history of Tibet, origins of Tibetan Buddhism and the institution of the Dalai Lama and of course the nation's complicated relations with China

- Excellent coverage of some of the more esoteric points of Buddhist dogma and Tibetan iconography, for example the explanations regarding Abhidharma cosmology and the cult of Dorje Shugden are particularly well done

- Documents how the history of the Dalai Lama is filled with violence, geopolitics, hard-nosed power-grabs and other less enlightened emotions. Folks who prefer their Tibetan Buddhism to be limited to slim volumes of vapid exhortations and comfy meditation cushions will probably take issue with some of the facts presented here. Those with rose-tinted, lotus-shaped glasses - prepare to have them cracked.

- Probably not one of the intentions of the author, but the book really illustrates that the current 14th DL quite well may be the best of the bunch

Cons:
- No maps and no information graphics, so at times its difficult to keep all the locations and the protagonists straight